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  1. Type 1 Diabetes - Home Treatment

    People who have type 1 diabetes need to work closely with their health professional to find the right balance of diet, insulin, and exercise to keep their blood sugar levels within a target range.

  2. Type 2 Diabetes in Children - Symptoms

    Children often have no symptoms of type 2 diabetes before they are diagnosed because their blood sugar level has been rising so slowly. As a result, a child may have diabetes for several years before being diagnosed.

  3. Type 2 Diabetes in Children - What Happens

    Type 2 diabetes usually develops in adulthood; however, the number of children being diagnosed with the disease is rising. Children with type 2 diabetes are usually diagnosed during the early teen years.

  4. Type 2 Diabetes in Children - Prevention

    Children with a body mass index (BMI) in the 85th percentile or above for their age or whose weight is more than 120% of desirable are at risk for type 2 diabetes.

  5. Diabetes Guide - Cause

    During pregnancy, an organ called the placenta develops in the uterus. The placenta connects the mother and baby and makes sure the baby has enough food and water. It also makes several hormones. Some of these hormones make it hard for insulin to do its job-controlling blood sugar-so the mother's body has to make more insulin to work well. Gestational diabetes develops when the organ that makes ..

  6. Type 1 Diabetes: Children Living With the Disease - Other Treatment

    Avoid products that promise a 'cure' for type 1 diabetes. No such cure exists.

  7. Type 2 Diabetes in Children - Medications

    The same medications are used to treat adults and children with type 2 diabetes. These medications increase insulin production, make the body better able to use insulin (decrease insulin resistance), or slow the intestinal absorption of carbohydrate.

  8. Diabetes Guide - Treatment Overview

    Type 1 diabetes requires lifelong treatment to keep blood sugar levels within a target range. Treatment includes: Taking several insulin injections every day or using an insulin pump.

  9. Type 1 Diabetes - What Happens

    Type 1 diabetes develops because the body destroys the beta cells in the islet tissue of the pancreas that produce insulin. The rate at which the beta cells are destroyed varies.

  10. Type 2 Diabetes in Children - Health Tools

    Health tools help you make wise health decisions or take action to improve your health. Actionsets are designed to help people take an active role in managing a health condition.

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